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Matt Rhule Shares Unique Vision For Nebraska Football Program

Athlon Sports 4/1/2023 Mitchell Forde
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It's been a long time since the Nebraska football program could be considered one of college football's powers — and even since the Cornhuskers made the postseason.

Nebraska hasn't played in a bowl game since 2016 and hasn't finished a season ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll since 2001.

The school hired Matt Rhule this offseason to change that. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, the former Baylor and Carolina Panthers coach outlined an interesting step that he believes will help the Cornhuskers get back to national prominence.

Rhule said he wants the Nebraska program to be a "destination" for high school coaches.

"We want to be a place that people come to," Rhule said. "We want to be a destination, people come to come talk about football. So we're 100 percent open. I tell every high school coach, like, coach, you want to come to practice? You can come anytime you want to."

It's an interesting strategy. Most college football coaches hold clinics on campus for high school coaches, and Nebraska is apparently no different. Rhule said "close to 400" coaches attended the Cornhuskers' first coaches' clinic.

But it sounds like Rhule wants high school coaches — and, likely, their top players, too — on the Nebraska campus as often as possible. That should help him and his staff build relationships that could pay off on the recruiting trail and get more prospects and players acquainted with the facilities and fanbase Nebraska has to offer.

Time will tell whether or not the strategy will help Rhule transform Nebraska back into a national contender.

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